Energy Conservation and Trees

The Energy Conservation and Trees program helps homeowners save energy by planting the right trees in the right places to effectively shade their homes. Well placed, mature trees can save consumers up to 30% of annual cooling costs and save 10-25% of energy used for heating.   Center for Urban Forestry Research – UC Davis

Tree New Mexico’s Energy Conservation and Trees program promotes energy conservation and environmental benefits by providing shade trees to residential homeowners, affordable housing, and commercial and business sites.

The goal of the Energy Conservation and Trees program is to plant trees to conserve energy and save homeowners and businesses dollars.

The program provides education on the value of trees economically, environmentally and socially, while improving the quality of life in the community as a whole. In addition, we educate home owners and caretakers how to choose proper tree species, site location, proper planting methods, and long-term care of the trees planted.

Monitoring and Evaluation: Tree New Mexico uses integrated data collection designed to provide information for program tracking, management and evaluation. Analysis of Savings and Cost Benefit:  Kilowatt Savings, Dollar Savings, Stormwater runoff and CO2 sequestered, and more.

Today’s critical isues of climate change demand real solutions. Trees assist communities in energy conservation, carbon sequestration, and water management. Learn more below!

How to Plant Trees

  • Click on the link for planting instructions: How to Plant

Tree Facts

Energy Conservation

Fact: It is estimated that an additional one million strategically placed trees could save $10 million in energy costs in a city similar in size and climate to Albuquerque!

  • Trees save 10 to 30 percent of total summer air conditioning when placed on the west and south side of a building, and trees save 10 to 25 percent of winter heating costs by allowing sun through leafless branches or blocking winter wind.
  • Trees reduce the “heat island” effect of concrete, asphalt, and other hard surfaces by 5 to 10 degrees
  • Trees are a key factor in reducing consumer energy costs, and by avoided energy purchase and production costs.

Carbon Sequestraton

Fact: A single tree reduces the same amount of atmospheric CO2 as released by a typical car driven 388 miles!

  • Trees absorb one ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) over its normal lifetime. The average person in the US generates approximately 2.3 tons of CO2 every year. Which means, if you live to the age of 80 years, you can plant 1,840 trees to mitigate your carbon debt!
  • Trees mitigate the levels of particulate matter (dust and vehicle emissions) – air pollution – that causes diseases in children and adults
  • Trees minimize health problems related to sun damage such as skin cancer, cornea damage, and heat stroke.

Water

Fact: Statistically, 100 mature trees catch about 250,000 gallons of rainwater per year, decreasing polluted runoff and soil erosion!

  • A fully grown tree releases several hundred gallons of water through its leaves and gives off vapor that falls to earth as rain, snow, or sleet.
  • Trees significantly reduce and clean stormwater run-off by holding rainfall on the leaves, branches and bark, and by absorbing surface runoff, making the threats of flooding less likely.
  • Trees reduce flooding and run-off of up to 30 percent by intercepting rain and snowfall of polluted stormwater, and mitigate the costly need for construction of stormwater infrastructure and water quality improvements.
  • Trees make the soil more porous, preventing erosion through stormwater runoff
  • Trees recharge the aquifer by absorbing rain, snow and irrigation water.

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